This is the sixty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charley and Conrad Westmaas as C'Rizz. This is the fifth of a series of adventures in the Divergent universe following the events of Zageus, in which there is a loose story arc. Knowledge of some of these previous adventures will help with the enjoyment of this. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
Following the events of the twilight kingdom, the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz continue to roam the Divergent world at the whim of the Kro'ka, subjected to his experiments. After their latest journey through the interzone, C'rizz is subjected to some very unpleasant hallucinations related to his guilt over the death of his mate L'da. The Kro'ka suggests the group go to the Multihaven, a place of religion, any and all religions. It seems the perfect place for rest, meditation and healing. But something is afoot, and the multihaven is starting to be less multi than it used to be.
It's a curious one this, the Darker Eighth Doctor mixes with some humorous characters. For the first three parts it's actually quite good, with the normal sort of Doctor Who story unfolding, as he fights against evil and tyranny. But in the third part it suffers from a problem suffered occasionally by Who - not knowing how to finish. The ending has a great big deus ex machina where things are resolved all too easily out of nowhere. But apart from that it's a decent adventure with some decent acting from the three principles, especially McGann who does well as the darker Doctor, and Conrad Westmaas has some juicy moments as the confused C'Rizz.
In all 4 stars. OK, but not right up there with the best.